- Feb 23, 2020
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian says he still intends to file a lawsuit against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio for clergy sex abuse.
The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the Church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.
For Pope Francis, 2019 included his sixth anniversary as pope, his 83rd birthday and his 50th anniversary as a priest, but it also was a year that saw him still confronted with the clerical sexual abuse crisis and with Vatican financial scandals.
The clergy sexual abuse crisis continued to command a large amount of attention and action from the U.S. bishops throughout 2019.
Despite many moments of what she called “spiritual darkness,” Maria today is strong in her faith. She told Crux that she saw it as a “gift from the crucified Christ” revealed to her “in innumerable spiritual experiences that the pain of flagellation is the same pain he felt each time I was abused.”
One of Pope Francis’s closest allies in fighting clergy sex abuse praised the American Church for going “a step further” than the Vatican’s new global guidelines for bishop accountability by requiring a third-party reporting system which is set to take effect next year.